I have used oil paints on canvas for many years and it’s by far my favourite medium to work with. Before you make the assumption that I am being bias. I have have been an artist for longer than I can remember, using many different mediums and I have always come back to oils as my favourite! I am now a full time artist that uses oils about 90% of the time, you can see some of my works here!
Here’s 10 reasons why painting with oils on canvas is the best:
1 – It’s the medium of the masters!
2 – You can mix colours easily. In fact experimenting with colour mixing is a source of endless fun.
3 – Colours will stay true when they dry.
4 – It dries slowly so you can stop and start without worrying.
5 – If you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter. You can paint over it.
6 – You only need a few basic colours to get started.
7 – Oil paints are very versatile, equally suited to outdoor work, large studio pieces or even miniatures.
8 – The variety of techniques using oils is huge, from layering up thick textures using knife work to transparent washes like water colours.
9 – You don’t necessarily have to frame your work. Stretched canvasses hang straight on the wall and look great.
10 – Most importantly it’s fun. Once you start to work with the thick, buttery, glossy paints you will never go back.